Entries by Youth First

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The Importance of Family Traditions

By Lisa Cossey, LCSW – Nov. 12, 2019 With Fall officially here and Halloween already past, Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner. It is nice to look forward to time with family and friends and to participate in ongoing family traditions. A family tradition is something that is recreated, year after year, enhancing […]

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Raising Siblings of Kids with Special Needs

By Heather Miller, LCSW – Nov. 5, 2019 Parents of a child with special needs have many to-do lists that involve various types of therapies and appointments throughout the week. With life already busy, the extra time commitment chips away at any free time that could be available. This not only impacts the parents but […]

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The Secret of Happiness Isn’t So Secret

By Shannon Loehrlein, LCSW – October 29, 2019 Over the summer I participated in a free online class offered by Yale University called, “The Science of Well-Being.” It is taught by Dr. Laurie Santos.  I have recently learned that Dr. Santos will be starting a podcast called “The Happiness Lab,” which I am looking forward […]

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Up in Smoke – Marijuana & Teens

By Grace Wilson, Program Coordinator – Oct. 15, 2019 The conversation around marijuana is a hot topic in our society these days.  Most folks seem to choose one side or the other and not many fall in the middle. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), marijuana is the most used illegal […]

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Opioids and Rx Awareness

By Salita Brown, Project Manager – Oct. 8, 2019 Addiction…overdose…death…all of these serious consequences have become synonymous with opioid use. Opioids are very powerful drugs that have received a lot of news coverage lately. However, through all of the coverage the reason opioids have become so addictive has gotten lost. So, what exactly is an […]

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Teen Alcohol Use: A Call to Action

By Diane Braun, Project Manager – Oct. 1, 2019 The month of October brings Red Ribbon Week, an event supported by the National Family Partnership as an anti-drug campaign.  Since 1986, this campaign has brought awareness to the general public about the dangers of drug abuse, including alcohol, prescription drugs and marijuana. Did you know […]

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Karass – Our Connections

By Brandy Terrell, LCSW – September 17, 2019 We all have connections to family, friends, faith, and community, to name a few. These connections are vital to our health and well-being. We know that being connected to other people provides an increased sense of belonging and support, which in turn creates protective factors that help […]

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GrandFamilies Are Growing

By Beth Greene, MSW – September 10, 2019 More grandparents than ever are stepping up to take care of and raise their grandchildren. There are many different reasons grandparents are assuming the role of caretaker. It may be due to the death or absence of the children’s parents, the financial situation of the parents, or […]